Pakistan, India, MFN: What are the implications?

For once, I am pleased at how India played it: India gave Pakistan MFN status way back, in 1996, without getting into the silliness of reciprocity. A hallmark of professional competence in international trade is the idea of unilateral liberalisation: Even if another country is silly enough to have barriers against us, we should . . . → Read More: Pakistan, India, MFN: What are the implications?

The Ley Lines of Globalization

Six years ago, early in my tenure at Berkman, I wrote a blog post that tried to calculate the cost of shipping water from a bottling plant in Yaqara, Fiji to Cambridge, Massachusetts. I was interested in unpacking the everyday mystery of container shipping – how is it possible that we can sell a . . . → Read More: The Ley Lines of Globalization

FedEx Reports Jump in Package Deliveries

FedEx reported Thursday that it shipped 1,000,000 more packages than expected on Monday — which it anticipates will be its peak shipping day this holiday. The firm reported that this year’s busiest day is up 17% from its busiest day last year.

FedEx CEO, Fred Smith further observed that their business has now observed . . . → Read More: FedEx Reports Jump in Package Deliveries

Durable Goods Orders: Best Jump in 16 months

Strong demand for communications equipment, machinery and fabricated metal led an upbeat durable goods report for April. Overall orders jumped by 1.9%.

Most analysts were wrong and had expected only a rise of 0.4%.

The bounce in new orders was broad but was led by communication equipment which alone was up 6.9 percent. Significant . . . → Read More: Durable Goods Orders: Best Jump in 16 months

Digital Companies In A Physical World

Technology keeps thrusting forward at an ever increasing rate as the Information Age transforms the world at a rapid pace.  Business is happening at the speed of thought as companies are beginning to morph into digital entities in a physical world.  Fortunes have already been made in supply chain management and product distribution as . . . → Read More: Digital Companies In A Physical World